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Are you concerned about your implants?

Breast Implant Illness has only been recognised in recent years. Although initially thought to be due to silicone toxicity or toxicity from heavy metals, it is now becoming clearer that it is almost always associated with textured silicone implants.

Textured implants were designed to bind to the tissues like Velcro®. In other words, they have been designed to stay in position and not move around the way smooth-walled implants are able to do. However, in many women, the implants do not attach to the surrounding tissues and their movement results in a ‘sand paper’ effect where the rough surface is constantly abrading the surrounding tissues. This causes inflammation (these inflammatory cells are clearly seen when the capsule is examined microscopically) and the chronic inflammation results in symptoms such as fatigue, foggy thinking, memory loss, skin rashes, night sweats, hair loss, joint pains etc.

If one calculates the surface area of 2 breast implants, it is approximately equivalent to 2/3rds of your arm or 6% of total body surface area. If you had a chronic unhealed burn or chronic rash of about 6% of your body surface area you could imagine that this would make you feel quite unwell. This, we believe, is the case with textured breast implants and the cause of Breast Implant Illness.

In extreme cases the chronic inflammation can lead to a condition known as Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) which is a type of cancer developing in the capsule.

Many textured breast implants have now been withdrawn from use in Australia, but their popularity over the last 20 years has resulted in many thousands of women having textured silicone implants and therefore at risk of problems relating to the texture.

Symptoms associated with Breast Implant Illness

Below is listed the most common signs and symptoms of Breast Implant Illness. If you believe that you are suffering from these symptoms then you should discuss the matter with your surgeon.

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Hair loss
  • Memory loss
  • Foggy thinking
  • Night sweats
  • Chemical sensitivities eg. to perfume, smoke and other inhalants
  • Muscle inflammation
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Other autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma and fibromayalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Hair loss
  • Memory loss
  • Foggy thinking
  • Night sweats
  • Chemical sensitivities eg. to perfume, smoke and other inhalants
  • Muscle inflammation
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Other autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma and fibromayalgia

Many women with textured breast implants are now electing to have their implants removed and replaced either with smooth-walled implants or with their own fat. Avenue Plastic Surgery surgeons have completed hundreds of fat transfer procedures since 2013, and we have seen that even a small amount of fat when strategically placed into the cleavage area can produce a far more attractive and natural-looking breast than an implant. Many women, having endured the hardness and artificial look of implants for many years, are happy to have their implants removed and replaced with an all-natural augmentation comprising their own fat. A secondary benefit is that if you have excess fat in the hips or thighs, then this is removed and utilised for the fat augmentation procedure.

It is important to note that the manufacturers of breast implants deny the existence of Silicone Immune Toxicity Syndrome, or Breast Implant Illness, as do many surgeons However, the evidence for the existence of this syndrome is that many women report greatly enhanced wellbeing once their textured silicone breast implants have been removed. When questioned closely, some women with textured breast implants recognise that they may have a mild form of the illness but still see great benefits in retaining their breast implants.


We encourage you to read a blog Dr. Kalus has written on the ‘Era of the Explant’ to learn more.


In 2019, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US conducted a comprehensive review of silicone breast implants and many implants were withdrawn from the market. Surgeons need to be alert to the existence of this condition and to be aware that, for some women, removing their breast implants can result in considerable health benefits.

At Avenue Plastic Surgery, we prefer the safer saline implants. Although saline implants have silicone in their outer shell, this silicone is stable and does not leach out of the implant. As expected, there is a negligible incidence of Breast Implant Illness in association with smooth walled saline-filled breast implants.


Breast Augmentation by Autologous Fat Transfer

Women who believe they are suffering from Breast Implant Illness are encouraged to have their silicone breast implants removed and replaced, either with saline implants or, preferably, with their own fat. The procedure of breast augmentation by autologous fat transfer is now well established and is a most useful procedure both for women who wish to avoid implants altogether or for those having their implants removed and replaced.

At Avenue Plastic Surgery, our experience is that, following removal of the implants, most women experience better health and wellbeing. Most of their symptoms have gone or significantly lessened by 6 weeks following surgery.

FIND OUT MORE

Do you think you have Breast Implant Ilness?

See how you score on this test.

This is your own home assessment form, which is used by surgeons at Avenue Plastic Surgery to assess patients with concerns. We ask patients to fill out the form prior to the removal of implants and then again 6 weeks post surgery. We have found 86% of patients have a dramatic improvement in their symptoms which is reflected in their score following the removal of implants.

There are a number of options for removal of implants at Avenue Plastic Surgery, including a detoxification program we have developed. As well as options for the replacement of implants including your own fat (fat transfer) or saline implants, so avoiding the need of silicone gel implants all together.

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Blog Article:
Era of the Explant

The article draws attention not only to the risk of a serious illness (Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma), known as BI-ALCL, but also to the increasingly recognised syndrome of Breast Implant Illness (BII).

READ MORE

The cost of breast augmentation can vary from patient to patient depending on the procedure. To ensure complete accuracy, we can determine pricing during your first consultation after we have been able to gain an insight into what is necessary for your individual case. Our surgery is designed to treat each patient individually, giving you a completely tailored experience.

Call Avenue Plastic Surgery today on 03 9521 1777 to discuss the cost of your breast augmentation.

*ANY SURGICAL OR INVASIVE PROCEDURE CARRIES RISKS. BEFORE PROCEEDING, YOU SHOULD SEEK A SECOND OPINION FROM AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED HEALTH PRACTITIONER.

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